That is the brand new MING 19.02 Worldtimer, the fourth mannequin to be launched by the Malaysian-based model in lower than two years. Following within the footsteps of the 19.01 – which was a GPHG finalist final 12 months – this new evolution introduces a world time complication and an computerized motion with micro-rotor. It’s formally launching at the moment and is offered to order instantly, with particular pricing for individuals who get in early. Learn on for all the small print, together with specs and official pricing.
At first look, the brand new MING 19.02 Worldtimer appears considerably just like the sooner 19.01, inasmuch because it shares the identical index markings, gradient sapphire dial, case physique and palms. The general appear and feel, nonetheless, are extra traditional, extra refined. That is attributable partially to the choice to place a rose gold ending on the motion, glimpses of which will be seen by way of the totally clear dial edges. We’ll speak extra in regards to the motion in a minute however for now, let’s keep centered on the aesthetics.
Firstly, the case is strictly the identical because the 19.01. So, 39mm diameter, crafted from grade 5 titanium and no spacer rings to make sure rigidity. To be honest, there’s not truly that a lot titanium. In truth, MING describes its case as “a skinny titanium band holding the 2 deep-box sapphire crystals collectively.” It’s a smidge thicker than the 19.01 nonetheless at 11.2mm, because of the inclusion of the phrase time complication. The extra zero.3mm wanted has been accommodated into the entrance field sapphire crystal, so it shouldn’t actually be that noticeable.
Likewise, the 19.02 retains the identical distinctive gradient sapphire dial from the 19.01 however it’s now a extra formal black. In response to MING, a singular lacquer course of is used to realize this deep reflective lustre, which is nearly enamel-like in look. Hours and minutes are displayed centrally by skeletonized palms handled with Tremendous-LumiNova X1, which level to an outer chapter ring that’s laser-etched into the sapphire crystal. Once more, there aren’t any working seconds. For additional legibility in low gentle situations, there’s a luminous ring contained in the bezel that tasks a mushy glow onto the dial. As a remaining contact, a central crosshair has been added to make it simpler to learn the time.
What actually caught my eye although, is the world time show. The structure in and of itself just isn’t significantly novel but for me it simply actually works on this dial. Static metropolis names (nicely, airport codes) are printed underneath the sapphire to create a seamless show, whereas a masked part on the gradient sapphire dial permits for a rotating titanium 24-hour disc. These with eager eyes will notice the town choice is barely uncommon, which is all the way down to founder Ming Thein’s eclectic tastes. The looks of ‘KUL’ (Kuala Lumpur) on the ring pays homage to MING’s birthplace.
If the glimpses of the motion from the dial aspect are good, the view from the again is positively wonderful. It most likely additionally appears considerably acquainted to common readers of MONOCHROME. That’s as a result of it’s Schwarz-Etienne’s in-house micro-rotor computerized motion, the ASE220.1, in a singular configuration for MING. The bidirectional winding micro-rotor is manufactured from sintered tungsten and the only barrel affords a wholesome 70 hours of energy reserve. There isn’t any reserve indicator as such, however the signature MING skeletonized barrel cowl lets you visually assess the state of wind.
Aesthetically the motion is kind of engaging, with the matte-blasted 5N rose gold coating standing out properly towards the titanium. Partially skeletonized bridges add a way of depth, which is additional accentuated by the hand-polished anglage. As with the 19.01, the motion is adjusted in 5 positions and examined for an prolonged interval previous to supply.
The brand new 19.02 Worldtimer comes with two calf leather-based straps by Jean Rosseau, Paris, and signed metal buckles. A fast launch mechanism permits for the straightforward altering of the straps with out the necessity for instruments.
All watches are made in Switzerland and include a 1-year guarantee towards defects. Pricing for early orders might be CHF 9,900 up till the 31 March 2019, earlier than reverting to CHF 10,900. Deliveries are anticipated to begin on the finish of 2019.
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